Hidden Decking Fasteners West Babylon NY

Who came up with the first hidden decking fastener is open to debate. Weston Leavens remembers first seeing them in a magazine sometime around the end of the Reagan administration.

Local Companies

Kuhn Construction, Inc
417 Main St
Islip, NY
Automatic Lawn Sprinkler CO Divsprnklrs Unlmtd Inc
(516)826-5660
70 Baiting Place Road
Farmingdale, NY
Glen Plaza Marble & Granite
(516)671-1100
75 Glen Cove Avenue
Glen Cove, NY
Mineola Florists & Gifts Inc
(516)294-1120
143 Mineola Boulevard
Mineola, NY
Rockville Lawns & Gardens Inc
(516)538-0074
655 Woodfield Road
West Hempstead, NY
Alure Home Improvements
1999 Hempstead Turnpike
East Meadow, NY
Legacy Builders and Remodelers
1363-8 Lincoln Ave
Holbrook, NY
Anthony Home Remodeling
(917)364-0002
8456 266th Street
Floral Park, NY
JHM Landscaping & Stump Grinding
(516)799-7308
207 North Cedar Street
Massapequa, NY
Reliable Mulch
(631)864-5931
927 West Jericho Turnpike
Smithtown, NY
Data Provided by:
  

Prongs, tracks, biscuits, or clips, these attachments are here to stay

by Andy Engel


Who came up with the first hidden decking fastener is open to debate. Weston Leavens remembers first seeing them in a magazine sometime around the end of the Reagan administration. A screw or nail affixed the clip to the first board and to the joist, and the second board was driven onto a prong protruding from the first clip.

At the time, Leavens was the owner of one of the largest deck-building companies in San Diego. Intrigued, he ordered a box of the fasteners and used them to build a display deck for the annual home show. "The deck moved and squeaked," says Leavens. "It was embarrassing. I thought we'd done something wrong, so I called the magazine and eventually got in touch with the author. It happened that the deck featured in the article wasn't far away, so I arranged a visit. Well, it squeaked and moved, too, but the owners didn't seem to mind." That experience led Leavens to invent the Deckmaster, a track system that he began to use in his own business in about 1989.

That was a fertile time for the hidden-fastener industry. Sometime in the early '90s, Harry Eberle was working on a high-end house in Hunterdon County, N.J., and as seems common with busy builders, his mind was in two places at once. While he was using a biscuit joiner to put together the cabinets, he was also noodling out the best way to fasten down the furniture-grade ipe for the deck.

Click here to read full article from Deck Magaziner

Related Articles
- Floating a Pergola in Place West Babylon NY
Built by Joseph Cracco and his company, Modern Yankee Builders of Cumberland, R.I., this pergola is 78 feet long: 60 feet is curved and supported by steel columns, and 18 feet (the construction of which is another story) runs along the screened porch.
- Fighting Fastener Corrosion West Babylon NY
- Heavy-Duty Clamping Horses West Babylon NY
- Fasteners and Connectors West Babylon NY
- Fending off Sun, Wind, and Nosy Neighbors West Babylon NY
- Hidden-Fastener Tool West Babylon NY
- Drywall Finishing West Babylon NY
- Hardwood Decks West Babylon NY
- Engineered Lumber West Babylon NY